Courses

In addition to the language courses offered by the University of Salamanca, the municipal tourist office has a list of accredited private colleges.

Guided Tours

Two-hour guided tours are run from the tourist office on Plaza Mayor. Although there are variations, daytime tours take in the main monumental highlights of Salamanca, while the 8pm Friday and Saturday tour is all about local legends and curiosities. Buy your ticket in advance from the tourist office.

A Walk Through Salamanca

Start your exploration of Salamanca in the incomparable Plaza Mayor. Heading west off the southwestern corner of the plaza, take Calle del Prior, which leads to the Palacio de Monterrey, a 16th-century holiday home of the Dukes de Alba and a seminal piece of Spanish Renaissance architecture. It's not open to the public but the facade is superb. A short detour north yields the Convento y Museo de las Úrsulas.

Descend Cuesta de San Blas and then wind your way southeast to the Real Clericía de San Marcos, a colossal baroque church where you can climb to the summit for superlative views. Directly opposite is the Casa de las Conchas, one of the city's most loved buildings.

From Plaza de San Isidro, head southwest along Calle de los Libreros to the Universidad Civil, which faces onto the Patio de las Escuelas Menores, a small square where you'll find the Museo de Salamanca. Almost next door, off a small cloister, is the Cielo de Salamanca.

After visiting the Catedral Nueva and the Catedral Vieja, and climbing up through the Puerta de la Torre, head southwest down the hill to the Museo de Art Nouveau y Art Decó. Walking east along Paseo del Rector Esperabé, then north along Calle de San Pablo, brings you to the Dominican Convento de las Dueñas, home to the city's most beautiful cloister. Directly opposite is the sublime Convento de San Esteban, from where quiet streets lead away to the northeast: a shabbier part of town, popular with amateur graffitists. It is also home to the Convento de Santa Clara.

As you make your way northwest to the old town, pause at the Torre del Clavero, a 15th-century octagonal fortress with an unusual square base and smaller cylindrical towers. Continue up Calle de San Pablo, skirt Plaza Mayor and then seek out the Museo Taurino, packed with bullfighting memorabilia.